KETTLEBELLS MAKE YOU BETTER
According to Danish researchers, kettlebell exercises may help improve your balance and reaction time. Workers who did kettlebell swings 3 days a week for 8 weeks were able to react more quickly and effectively to sudden forces that challenged their stability and coordination. The reason: Kettlebell training may help your muscles contract rapidly – an essential part of maintaining balance, the scientists hypothesize.
DEAR DIET DIARY
According to research from the University of Pittsburgh, tracking your calories and exercise with a log doesn’t have to be perfect. It can be effective even if you fill it out less than two-thirds of the time. People who kept track of weight-loss (on paper or with an app) at least 60 percent of the time for a year – and as little as 30 percent of the time the next year – kept the weight off. The reason: If you’re diligent in the beginning, you start to keep track mentally, making the journal less necessary, says study author.
DID YOU KNOW
Three hundred million cells die in the human body every minute.While that sounds like a lot, it’s really just a small fraction of the cells that are in the human body.
Skilled hypnotherapists address the subconscious element of illness by reprogramming basic beliefs. Many show impressive results with difficult health issues including smoking cessation, alcoholism, addictive behaviors, and weight loss. The Virtual Gastric Band Process (hypnosis) is growing in popularity for those who want to reduce cravings, portion sizes, and fat without the dangerous physical side effects of actual gastric bypass surgery. To maximize health, consider investigating hypnotherapy as a secret weapon against your difficult health challenge.
WIFE SABOTAGING YOUR DIET?
According to a study published in the journal Health Psychology, men whose wives try to improve their eating habits by cooking healthier tend to binge on unhealthy meals when eating out. On the other hand, husbands who choose the meals with their wives during perpetration may do better at sticking to a healthy diet, say researchers.
BOOZE AND LOSE
According to a study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, alcohol may decrease muscle performance. In the study, rugby players drank an average of 8 drinks after playing a match. The next day, they demonstrated reduced leg power and cognitive reaction time. The reason: It may have been more of a conscious decision due to a hangover, says study author.
STAND FOR BETTER HEALTH
If you have a desk job, consider following Thomas Jefferson’s habit of standing or pacing while working. An American Cancer Society study of 123,000 people followed for 14 years showed a 40% increased risk of death for women (20% for men) who sit for more than 6 hours per day. Working out after work doesn’t remove the risk, but frequent (hourly) movement does. Simple movement like standing, walking to the bathroom, or getting a glass of water is all it takes to improve metabolism. To maximize health, consider moving around frequently!!
DID YOU KNOW
When blindfolded you lose power. People who performed a leg press blindfolded had six percent less power.
GRAPE ABOUT YOUR BP
According to a study from the University of Connecticut, grapes can lower your blood pressure. Men with metabolic syndrome – a condition that can lead to heart disease – who ate the powder equivalent of 2 cups of grapes daily for a month lowered their systolic blood pressure by 6 points. The reason: The polyphenols in grapes may help relax blood vessels and improve their function, the scientists say. They speculate that lesser amounts of grapes may produce a similar though diminished effect.
MEDITATION DOES A BODY GOOD
Many monks have known for generations that meditation (and prayer) can calm us down, but now research is supporting the premise that physical changes can occur in the body when the mind quiets. Studies found reduced inflammation, increased mitochondria function, increased insulin production, and DNA stabilization in meditating test subjects. Results were cumulative, with long-term meditators showing the greatest effects. To maximize health, consider learning how to relax and de-stress using breathing and meditation practices.
MIND OVER FLU
According to a study from the University of Wisconsin, meditation – calming your mind can help fight off the flu. People who completed 8 weeks of meditation training were 35 percent less likely to caught a cold or the flu than those who didn’t meditate daily. The reason: Meditation helps reduce stress, which may improve immune function, says study author.
HFCS AND DIABETES
The U.S. is the largest producer and consumer of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). A recent study of 40 countries found a 20% greater chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes in countries consuming the highest levels of High Fructose Corn Syrup. To maximize health, consider reducing or better yet eliminating High Fructose Corn Syrup from your healthy diet.
ANTIBIOTICS, MEAT, AND YOU
Word is slowly getting out that antibiotics taken directly, or indirectly though meat consumption and hand soap, may be disturbing the bacterial balance in the gut creating dysbiosis leading to a weakened immune system, allergies, and perhaps even autoimmune disease. While probiotics help, a homegrown (and much cheaper) cure for dysbiosis may be cultured foods like sauerkraut, natto, miso, kimchi, greek yogurt, kefir, aged cheeses, kombucha, sourdough breads, pickled fruits, lasso, and more. To maximize health on a budget, consider adding delicious, non-pasteurized, cultured foods to your diet to increase healthy enzymes, natural probiotics, and vitamins.
CAREFUL OF DETOX
While detoxification cleanses are becoming very popular as the understanding of our constant exposure to toxins and pollutants increases, it is very important to do them correctly to avoid creating more systemic damage. For instance, some detoxes are ineffective if Candida Albacans overgrowth is present, and it is important to cleanse various organs in a specific order to avoid overloading already over-taxed systems. For maximum detox efficiency, consider working with a skilled professional when attempting more than simple fruit and veggie detox cleanses.
DID YOU KNOW
Air is passed through the nose at a speed of 100 miles per hour when a person sneezes.
LOWER CANCER RISK DURING MENOPAUSE
A study performed in 2007 on menopausal women found that increasing serum vitamin D levels above 40 ng/ml reduced the incidence of all cancers by 77% compared to controls. This study reinforces many others extolling the extensive benefits of vitamin D. To maximize health and minimize overall cancer risk, consider regularly testing serum (blood) levels of vitamin D, and using natural sunlight or supplements to keep levels in the optimal range of 50-70ng/ml.
*Consult physician before trying a new supplement, food or diet. Especially if you’re on any medications.